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Western politics asking questions

  1. Oct 25, 2005 #1
    Can any of you fine people provide me with an example from Western (Canadian/British/American) politics when the public not asking questions made the situation much, much, worse? I am drawing a blank and must write an essay post haste!

    Thanks in advance for any/all help!

    Derek Mohammed
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  3. Oct 25, 2005 #2
    Next to no one questioned whether there were WMD in Iraq leading up to the current war there.

    Next to no one questioned why we weren't more concerned with international terrorism prior to 9/11.

    Curently, very few members of "the public" are raising any serious questions about the rising American budget and trade defecits, and both have continuously rising for quite some time.
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    What kinda parallel dimension do you live in
  5. Oct 25, 2005 #4
    The same one the rest of us do.

    Just curious, I don't want to spend a lot of time reading through your posts, but do you ever provide anything constructive to an argument?
  6. Oct 25, 2005 #5
    Those are good examples. I think that whenever people fail to question their leaders that disaster befalls them.
  7. Oct 25, 2005 #6
    I'm having a premonition ... Or is it dejavu?

    He's about to tell you they found them.
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    I've never seen you once make an argument that withstood the test of logical inquiry.
  9. Oct 25, 2005 #8
    Hey Guys, these are great responces but I am looking for something not so recent and better documented. Please don't turn this into a needless debate...
    Thanks Alot
  10. Oct 25, 2005 #9
    Try comparing the results of the Tokyo Trial and Nuremburg.

    Why are there so few war criminals from Japan than there were in Germany.

    What has this to do with current relations between China and Japan?

    And yes, this is an American thing since it has to do with McArthur, the San Francisco Peace Treaty, and repatriations.
  11. Oct 25, 2005 #10
    You've also got the conditions and the suspicions that are turning out to be fact regarding the bombing of Pearl Harbor (Harbour for the Brits).

    There are a lot of 'Why's' still outstanding.

    If you go much before the 20th century, you won't find much since the world was ruled by despots and there was no real right of the people to ask the questions anyway.
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    Personally, I think you should go with the USS Maine incident that led the US into the Spanish-American War. Nobody questioned Teddy Roosevelt on it, who was essentially lying, and we ended up making a land grab to make up for our lack of colonial possessions relative to industrialized Europe. It would be an interesting topic to investigate, because there are the obvious parallels to how got involved in the current war, the possible true reasons we were taken to this war, and you can analyze the consequences without the rhetoric and speculation involved with the current war. This is all history and can be looked at with the benefit of hindsight.
  13. Oct 25, 2005 #12
    Then again, you can also look at the Brits who supported Hitler prior to WWII.

    People rarely bring these people up:

    LORD HA-HA. Real Name: Sir Percival "Percy" Hawley.

    Quetions were being asked but were they the right ones? Why did it take people so long to enter the war?

    Most people for example think WWII lasted 3 years ... America. 6 Years Europe. 14 years China.

    With our 20/20 hindsight we tend to see all and, like the Japanese, we wrote our history of the time.

    What was THEIR view prior to '39?
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    In your country I would examine `universal health care'

    In the UK I would examine the 'public school system' (Blair is seeking to partiallly privatise it to remedy the poor results from the public system)

    In the US I would examine the Synfuel Corporation
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    Sounds like he wants things that have already been universally proven to be a failure and not just someones opinions as to what something might end up being.
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    Is that not what I provided i.e., three failures due the citizens not questioning their leadership? Where did I opine?
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    "Blair is seeking to partiallly privatise it to remedy the poor results from the public system"

    I don't know about the UK system but that statement comes off as if Blair has a plan to do this in the future. Did this already happen?
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    I wouldn't expect you to.
  20. Oct 26, 2005 #19
    Stab twist... Nice one! :surprised
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    ..."Sweeping new powers for parents to bring about the sacking of head teachers of under-performing schools have been spelt out in Tony Blair's long-awaited White Paper on education...The central thrust of the White Paper - as revealed in Monday's Independent - is to allow all schools to opt out of council control and become independent self-governing state schools...

    They would be run by trusts - businesses, faith groups, universities or charities - charged with setting up parents' councils to liaise with over the running of the school. A schools commissioner would be appointed by the Government to ensure every school had a trust partner to work with...

    Among those groups already expressing an interest in becoming trust partners are companies such as Microsoft...

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